NEW YORK – Michael Avenatti has been found guilty of trying to extort Nike. The man labeled the “Creepy Porn Lawyer” as he represented Stormy Daniels — and many hoped would take down President Trump — will be headed to prison.
A New York jury found Avenatti, 48, guilty on three counts, including extortion, wire fraud and transmission of interstate communications with intent to extort. He faces up to 42 years in prison and did not testify in the case against him, Fox News reported.
Left wingers were enamored with Avenatti. Brian Stelter and Joy Behar thought he could run for president in 2020.
Back in 2018, a Media Research Center study revealed that Avenatti appeared on CNN 74 times over a 10-week period. Furthermore, the network’s in-house media critic famously declared the now-disgraced attorney was a legitimate threat to challenge Trump in the 2020 presidential election.
Stelter told Avenatti on air, “Looking ahead to 2020, one of the reasons why I’m taking you seriously as a [2020 presidential] contender is because of your presence on cable news.”
Avenatti has more legal trouble beyond the Nike case. In mid-January he was arrested in Los Angeles by IRS agents during a break in a disciplinary hearing over allegations that the high-profile lawyer scammed a client out of $840,000.
Consequently, the former liberal media darling and frequent CNN guest won’t be offering anti-Trump talking points on cable news anytime soon.